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Phone lost, stolen and offered to owner

New Delhi, July 4 (PTI): What goes around, comes around! The saying came true when two engineering students who picked up a lost iPhone unwittingly ended up trying to sell it online to the very man who had left it behind at an ATM counter in Delhi’s Connaught Place.

Rajat Kant Singh and Mahesh Kumar, residents of south Delhi and BTech students of a Noida college, have been arrested for theft and sent to Tihar jail.

A police officer said that on Monday Kushal Bansal, an engineer and a resident of Patiala, forgot his iPhone at an ATM and went to Palika Bazar. By the time he realised this and went back to the ATM, it wasn’t there. He then lodged a report with the Connaught Place police station.

Singh and Kumar, who had found the phone, meanwhile decided to sell it and posted an advertisement on a sale-and-purchase portal, the police officer said.

Bansal, looking for a second-hand phone on the same website, came across the advertisement and got in touch.

“They spoke over the phone and a deal was struck at Rs 38,000. The duo told Bansal that they didn’t have the box of the phone but had the bill. They decided to meet Bansal at Malviya Nagar Metro station,” the officer said.

“Bansal reached the spot at 8.30pm. Singh and Kumar were waiting. However, the deal could not be materialised as the duo could not furnish the bill,” the officer added.

The students asked Bansal to meet them at Palika Bazar the next day and promised to bring the bill. The following day, the two came with a fake bill. Bansal checked the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of the phone and found it was his own phone. He quietly called the police and kept the two busy.

A police team arrived soon and took the two to Connaught Place police station, where Singh and Kumar allegedly confessed to having picked up the phone from the ATM. The CCTV footage at the ATM also showed them taking away the phone, the police said.